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The Sword and the Pen: Two Swashbuckling Stories By Egerton Castle
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Egerton Castle, famous as a pioneer of the late-Victorian revival of Elizabethan swordsmanship, was also a very accomplished novelist. "The Sword and the Pen" compiles Castle's two greatest... More > short stories of swashbuckling romance and intrigue, both set at the turn of the 1600s. "My Rapier and My Daughter" is a witty, lighthearted tale of star-crossed lovers, played out almost entirely within the rapier fencing academy of Master Vincentio Saviolo. "The Great Todescan's Secret Thrust" concerns the quest of a young English bravo to learn the invincible killing stroke of a mysterious master swordsman. As a bonus, Tony Wolf's biographical essay "Egerton Castle, the Romantic Swordsman" describes Castle's many achievements as a Renaissance man of the late 19th century. Highly recommended for all lovers of fencing fiction!< Less
The Sword and The Pen: Two Swashbuckling Stories By Egerton Castle
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Egerton Castle, famous as a pioneer of the late-Victorian revival of Elizabethan swordsmanship, was also a very accomplished novelist. "The Sword and the Pen" compiles Castle's two... More > greatest short stories of swashbuckling romance and intrigue, both set at the turn of the 1600s. "My Rapier and My Daughter" is a witty, lighthearted tale of star-crossed lovers, played out almost entirely within the rapier fencing academy of Master Vincentio Saviolo. "The Great Todescan's Secret Thrust" concerns the quest of a young English bravo to learn the invincible killing stroke of a mysterious master swordsman. As a bonus, Tony Wolf's biographical essay "Egerton Castle, the Romantic Swordsman" describes Castle's many achievements as a Renaissance man of the late 19th century. Highly recommended for all lovers of fencing fiction!< Less
Master of Men: the Life's Work of William Muldoon, Champion and Trainer of Champions By Tony Wolf
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“Master of Men” is an anthology of books, articles and essays about the remarkable Irish-American combat athlete and coach, William Muldoon. Muldoon learned the basics of wrestling as a... More > soldier in the Civil War. After numerous adventures as one of "New York's finest", he left the police force to become one of the first American professional wrestlers, taking on all comers in rough and tumble saloon matches and working as an actor/stuntman on the vaudeville stage. In 1889, Muldoon's radical training methods brought the out-of-shape, alcoholic bare-knuckle boxing champion John L. Sullivan back into form for his legendary title fight with Jake Kilrain. Muldoon later became the inaugural chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and a personal trainer for some of the richest and most powerful men in America. Includes 29 rare illustrations and a special bonus interview with Scott Burt of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.< Less
The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume II: Antagonistics By Tony Wolf
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IN 1899, E.W. Barton-Wright devised the martial art of Bartitsu as a process of cross-training between jujitsu, boxing, savate and stick fighting, designed to beat the fearsome street gangsters of... More > Edwardian London at their own game. The second volume of the Bartitsu Compendium provides resources towards continuing Barton-Wright’s experiments. It combines extensive excerpts from fifteen classic Edwardian-era self defence manuals, including well over four hundred illustrations.Volume II also offers an extensive collection of long-forgotten newspaper and magazine articles on Bartitsu exhibitions and contests; original articles on Bartitsu history and training; a complete course of Edwardian-era “physical culture” exercises; personality profiles, essays and more besides. The Bartitsu Compendium, Volume II is a must-have companion piece for the first volume in this series, and offers further fascinating insight into the world of “antagonistics” in Edwardian England. < Less
Edith Garrud: the Suffragette who knew jujutsu By Tony Wolf
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This is the true story of Edith Garrud, the woman who taught jujutsu to the secret "Bodyguard" society of the English Suffragette movement during the early years of the 20th century. The... More > Suffragettes used radical tactics to win the right of women to vote in national elections. Edith and her "Jujutsuffragettes" had many adventures protecting their leaders from being arrested or assaulted. Sometimes they used clever tricks and disguises, and sometimes they battled hand-to-hand against police and angry crowds. With 29 illustrations; suggested for readers aged 12 and older.< Less
A Terrific Combat!!! Theatrical Duels, Brawls and Battles, 1800-1920 By Tony Wolf
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“A Terrific Combat!!!” is an anthology of commentaries on stage fighting during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Shakespeare’s works were the life’s blood of the great... More > metropolitan theatres and rough-and-tumble melodramas played to packed houses. Full of colourful anecdotes and insights and illustrated with over one hundred rare photographs and drawings, "A Terrific Combat!!!" offers many hours of amusement and enlightenment. "I love this book. It is a little gem and it makes a unique addition to the range of books on the theatre, an homage to stage fighters from all ages." - William Hobbs< Less
Defensive Gymnastics: How to Protect Life and Property By Lt. Col. Baron Charles de Berenger
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“To be courageous is enviable, whilst, on the other hand, to be able to conceal the absence of courage is useful” – Baron Charles de Berenger, 1835“Defensive Gymnastics”... More > is a long-forgotten classic in the annals of how-to literature, compiling the Baron’s advice on the different modes of “manly character”; the use of defensive gymnastics with fists, canes, whips, pistols and umbrellas to thwart pickpockets, street ruffians and con-artists; and how to escape from highwaymen, burning buildings, icy ponds and wild bulls.The 2008 edition features over 50 new photographs and drawings, an introductory biography and a special feature on the Baron’s Stadium, a 24-acre training academy for all manner of “manly sports and defensive exercises”.Eccentric and street-wise, de Berenger’s “Defensive Gymnastics” is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone age; a wonderful gift or practical study guide for self-defence enthusiasts and history buffs alike.< Less
The Sword Prince: The Romantic Life of Colonel Monstery, American Champion-at-Arms By Captain Frederick Whittaker
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Originally published in the year 1882, "The Sword Prince" is the stranger-than-fiction biography of Danish-American swordmaster, boxer, duelist and soldier of fortune, Colonel Thomas Hoyer... More > Monstery. Biographer Frederick Whittaker follows his subject from his boyhood years as a cadet in the Danish Navy, through his education in physical culture and swordsmanship at the great European military academies, and thence into his wild career as a sword-for-hire and adventurer in the USA and in Spanish America. Colonel Monstery's life was a switchback of soaring victories and crushing defeats, punctuated by duels of honor against a range of desperate adversaries in many exotic locations. This enhanced re-publication includes fifty sketches and photographs illustrating the life and times of the Sword Prince, supplemented by a new biographical essay and a bibliography. Colonel Monstery is truly one of America's forgotten heroes of swordsmanship.< Less
Falcon Defense Cane: Basic System By Tony Wolf
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The Falcon Defence Cane Basic System is a unique, practical method of self defense against a single, unarmed assailant. Drawing from military bayonet training, the Basic System is adapted to the... More > unique advantages of the Falcon Defense Cane. It may also be integrated into any Eastern or Western martial arts curriculum or self-defense training program. This booklet presents the complete Basic System including techniques and training drills, illustrated with over seventy photographs. See the system in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f3lvBY8y7Q< Less
The Cane as a Weapon By Andrew Chase Cunningham
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This classic and unique American self defense manual was originally written by A.C. Cunningham in 1912. It details a practical and versatile system of self defense using a common walking cane or... More > umbrella. Mr. Cunningham's twenty-three lessons include grip and guard positions; the different types of attack and defence techniques; targets, feints, counter-parries and footwork; dealing with multiple attackers and "special cases" such as defending against an attack by a dog, or using a hat as an additional weapon of self defense. This expanded edition includes over one hundred and seventy new, captioned photographs in addition to the twelve pictures featured in the 1912 original, to help modern readers put Mr. Cunningham's lessons into practice. The 2006 edition also includes a new introduction and bibliography section. "The Cane as a Weapon" makes a wonderful novelty gift or practical study guide for martial artists, self defense enthusiasts and history buffs alike.< Less